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Shout out to Cindy on her vacation in Europe – this post is for you.

Video Paul and Ben came over yesterday to check out our fire/ leaf cutter ant situation, and decided we should get together and have a pot-licker BBQ at their place. Jack turned up for a visit and got on the guest list.

Unfortunately, right before we were due to leave, taco Paul started feeling funny. His energy dropped really fast and said he just needed to rest. Not wanting to the miss sunset by the lagoon I went ahead with our food; a big foil packet of coconut curry fish and veggies.

Jack and Gary turned up with steak, pork chops, and a container of tasty rum punch with pineapple chunks in it. Ben and video Paul made chicken and rice. I rang taco Paul to see how he was doing, and he said he still wasn’t up to coming out.

We enjoyed great conversation while the food was cooking, and video Paul even shared his secrets to cooking rice and pasta:

Rice
Never wash the local rice first
Bring salted water to a boil
Add rice bring to a boil again
Set a timer for 12 minutes while stirring occasionally
Strain the water and put the rice back in the pot to steam for a few minutes
Double the time when using brown rice

Boil pasta until it looks done
Take a noodle and throw it against the wall
If it sticks, the pasta is ready. If it falls off right away, keep cooking

The boys were also discussing the secret to good barbecue chicken, and they all agreed that parboiling the chicken very briefly keeps it nice and moist. After taste testing the chicken I would have to agree 100%. I found it amusing that all the boys are much more into cooking than I ever will be.

Lagoon side of Ambergris Caye

Our view for the night

Cooking on the barbecue

Getting the BBQ started

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2 Comments

  1. tacogirl January 27, 2009

    That sounds even easier soaking chicken overnight – thanks for the tip CBT. As for Molly Paul decided to keep her a while longer lol.

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  2. Carbunkle Trumpet January 26, 2009

    Some other tips are to soak the chicken overnight in a salt water solution (brining) or vegtable oil. Or do the drunk chicken method as it keeps it very moist as well.
    How did Molly taste, I hear they taste like chicken 🙂

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